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ROME

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

ROME

updated 11/05

ROME



Beginning-to-Read Books


3rd - 4th Grade Books

Gerrard, Roy THE ROMAN TWINS
Maximus and Vanilla, twin brother and sister, rescue the horse Ploydox from slaughter, escaping with it, and then sign up for a chariot race.
1988 32 p.

Macaulay, David ROME ANTICS
A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour which includes both ancient and modern parts of the city of Rome.
1997 79 p.


5th Grade and Up Books

Banks, Lynne Reid TIGER, TIGER
Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle to ancient Rome, where one becomes the pampered pet of Caesar's daughter and the other becomes a man-eating "entertainment act" at the Colosseum.
2005 195 p.

Deneberg, Barry ATTICUS OF ROME
Acclaimed author Barry Denenberg brings to life the intrigue of Roman politics and the bloody violence of the gladiator games in this gripping story about ancient Rome. Atticus is a young boy who has been torn from his family and home.
2004 166 p.

Estes, Eleanor MIRANDA THE GREAT
1967 79 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE THIEVES OF OSTIA
The Roman Mysteries, Book 1
In Rome, in the year 79 A.D., a group of children from very different backgrounds work together to discover who beheaded a pet dog - and why.
2002 152 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE SECRETS OF VESUVIUS
The Roman Mysteries, Book 2
Ten-year-old Flavia and her friends encounter the Roman admiral Pliny before making a journey to her uncle's farm near Mt. Vesuvius, where they try to solve a riddle, reunite a family, and get out of the path of a natural disaster.
2001 165 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE PIRATES OF POMPEII
The Roman Mysteries, Book 3
At a refugee camp following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which buried Pompeii, Flavia and her friends discover that children are disappearing and a very poweful citizen might be involved.
2003 161 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE ASSASSINS OF ROME
The Roman Mysteries, Book 4
Flavia and Nubia follow Jonathan to Rome and into the golden House built by the emperor Nero, where a dangerous assassin lurks.
2002 152 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE DOLPHINS OF LAURENTUM
The Roman Mysteries, Book 5
It's October AD 79. The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea at Laurentum, a few miles south of Ostia. Just off the coast is a sunken wreck full of treasure which could be the answer to all their problems. But someone else is after the treasure, too. As the four children try to recover it, they solve the terrible mystery of Lupus's past.
2003 161 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE TWELVE TASKS OF FLAVIA GEMINA
The Roman Mysteries, Book 6
It is December AD 79. In the Roman port of Ostia braziers are lit, hot spiced wine is brewed and soft fur covers are brought out from cedarwood storage chests. It's the season of Saturnalia, a pagan festival where anything can happen. When a Roman widow begins to show a keen interest in Captain Geminus, his daughter Flavia and her friends have to find out if she really loves him or is just after his money. To do that, Flavia has to undertake the twelve labours of Hercules. And there is a lion on the loose!
2004 216 p.

Lawrence, Caroline THE ENEMIES OF JUPITER
The Roman Mysteries, Book 7
February, AD 80. An imperial messenger summons Jonathan's father to Rome, where the fever which started in Ostia is now threatening to become a plague. Jonathan and his three friends go, too, and need to use all their skills to solve a dangerous mystery for the Emperor Titus.
2004 171 p.

Ray, Mary THE IDES OF APRIL
The Roman Empire Sequence
In Rome, in 62 A.D., 17-year-old Hylas must find a way to save himself, his mother, and the household slaves from imprisonment and imminent death when their master, a prominent senator, is found murdered.
1999 165 p.

Spears, Elizabeth George THE BRONZE BOW
When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin's father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love might be a more powerful weapon than hate. 30 A.D.
1989 254 p.

Sutcliff, Rosemary FRONTIER WOLF
As punishment for his poor judgment, a young inexperienced Roman army officer is sent to Northern England to assume the command of a motley group known as the Frontier Wolves.
1996 196 p.

Sutcliff, Rosemary THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH
A young centurion ventures among the hostile tribes beyond the Roman Wall to recover the eagle standard of the Ninth, a legion which mysteriously disappeared under his father's command. Roman period, 55 B.C. - 449 A.D.
1954 291 p.

Sutcliff, Rosemary THE SILVER BRANCH
A young Roman army medical officer, sent to Britain during the period of waning Roman rule, befriends a kinsman with whom he shares an adventure of intrigue, exile, and underground activity with the Lost Ninth Legion. Roman period, 55 B.C. - 449 A.D.
1957 231 p.

Winterfeld, Henry DETECTIVES IN TOGAS
In an effort to save a boy wrongly accused, a group of young friends living in ancient Rome search for the culprit who scrawled graffiti on the temple wall.
1956 249 p.

Winterfeld, Henry MYSTERY OF THE ROMAN RANSOM
The purchase of a slave for their teacher leads a group of schoolboys in ancient Rome into a dangerous intrigue.
2002 217 p.

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn FOUR HORSES FOR TISHTRY
Tishtry's wish to buy her family's freedom from slavery in the Roman Empire inspires her to perform dangerous feats of stunt riding.
1985 214 p.